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Old 11-24-07, 08:51 AM
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Rack-top bag recommendations -- anything for a front rack?

Hiya. I have a really nice rack-top bag from Mountain Equipment Co-op , good capacity and well made. However, since switching to a sprung saddle, it doesn't really fit under the seat the way it did previously.

So . . . I am looking for a lower-profile rack-top bag. And given the climate, it needs to be waterproof.

However, I also have the Surly front rack, so there is some nice acreage up front for a wider, differently-shaped bag. Am looking for something to accommodate tools, small parts, tube, first aid, liner gloves, and waterproof helmet cover. I don't think the small wedge bags that attach to the seat are big enough.

In cold weather, I tend to bring a front pannier on day trips with a belay-type jacket, and spare mittens, etc. Consequently, this new bag wouldn't need to accommodate a ton of stuff.

What I am looking for is something to hold stuff on the bike day in and day out. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 11-24-07, 12:41 PM
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That's a tough thing to find...a few years ago Nashbar made a nice bag that fit the top of their Nashbar rack, but I'm pretty sure they stopped making it.

You're trouble is going to be that the big pannier/rack makers are currently don't make the old style top racks and bags (low rider sames to be the standard now)

Maybe Carradice makes a big handle bar bag? Take a look at this one as well...

http://www.velo-orange.com/oshabag.html

You might also ask the folks over at the long distance forum....Randoneers often use saddlebags and big bar bags.
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Old 11-24-07, 01:16 PM
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Check out Rivendell Bicycle Works. They have a few options. http://www.rivbike.com I am working on a hard leather case that would be the same size as a little loafer. Happy searching.
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I don't think you could do better than the Arkel TailRider.
http://www.arkel-od.com/panniers/tai...asp?fl=1&site=
That's about as good as it gets, in an aerodynamic package, with an integrated rain cover.
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Thanks fellas! Fidel -- that Arkel bag is lovely. Looks like it would fit, too. I saw a Vaude bag on the MEC site yesterday which also looked like it might fit the bill. Here's a link Vaude Off-Road Seat Bag 5. However, it's meant to fasten to the seat post, and would have to be adapted to fit to the front rack.
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Put my rear pack on the front. Have an overhang of about 4 inches.

The viable part of the rear rack (aft of the springs) is about 11.5 inches. I need a shorter pack.

And at 16.5 inches the Arkel is also out of the running.
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Old 11-25-07, 10:25 AM
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Longer legs would solve this problem, as the seat and relevant springs would be out of the way.
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I had a Vaude bag that snapped onto a fitting on my seat post. The bag was supported by a metal bar that was velcroed around its outside. When I got my touring bike, I removed the metal bar and have been using as a bag bungeed to the top of my (non-lowrider) front rack.

This looks like a newer version than the one I have: http://www.vaude.de/hps/client/vaude...hbs/outdoor/en

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Thanks Raybo. The Vaude handlebar bags are nice, but quite dear (around $85 here). I don't like the idea of using bungees to fasten the bag to the top rack. I am thinking a small rear bag that comes with proper velcro fasteners would save me faffing about. Also, easier to get into!
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Detours makes a fanny pack that can be used as a rack bag. It would seem to fit the dimensions you listed. Created from 100% recycled PET bottles. 600 cu. in., 10x11x5 in., weight: 21 oz. DETOURS switchback BAG
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"That's a tough thing to find...a few years ago Nashbar made a nice bag that fit the top of their Nashbar rack, but I'm pretty sure they stopped making it."

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Thanks stoutdog! It's a different from the old style bag I used to have....it has little pannier side pockets. Mine was a square looking handle bar bag looking thing.

The front mini-rack is the same however.....and only 8 bucks!

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%3A%20Racks

This is a great little half rack.
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This might work
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...%3A%20Panniers
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I use a small 12L MEC climbing backpack [straps tuck away] that I strap to the top of my front rack. I put all my heavy tools, spare parts & first aid kit in it. When I have to fix something [me or the bike] I just grab this bag and I have everything I need at hand.
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Thanks for the tips everyone. I found a Knog Valore trunk bag that does the job and wasn't very expensive. Here's a pic:



It is held on with velcro straps and holds all my regular "on the bike" gear (tools, first aid, spares, helmet cover, liner gloves) and still has room for food. Haven't ridden with it yet but I think it will do the job. It is short enough to fit nicely on the front rack, and light enough that it's not like carrying luggage.

Size (mm): 310 x 190 x 170; Litres (internal): 5; Weight (grams): 600

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